Mesh Medical Device News Desk, September 19, 2016 ~
The Daily Record, a newspaper in Scotland, reports Houston attorney Steve Mostyn recently took documents to members of Scotland’s Parliament to convince them that Boston Scientific (BSC) bought counterfeit raw mesh material from China to make its transvaginal mesh implanted in hundreds if not thousands of Scottish women.
Mesh News Desk has reported that BSC transvaginal mesh made since 2012 is composed of raw polypropylene resin sourced from a known counterfeiter in China. The mesh has been tested to show high levels of the mineral selenium.
Boston Scientific supplied National Health Service (NHS) hospitals in Scotland with its Advantage, Obtryx and Pinnacle products used to treat incontinence and prolapse in women.
Boston Scientific tells the paper the products have been rigorously tested and the documents were ‘taken out of context.”
Mostyn has filed a RICO lawsuit in federal court in Charleston, WV alleging fraud and racketeering influenced, corruption and conspiracy on the part of BSC in transvaginal mesh sales. Teresa Stevens, a resident of WV, heads the class action. RICO has long been used to target organized crime such as the Hell’s Angels, the Gambino family and even pedophile priests.
Read the MND story here.
Last week Mostyn traveled to Scotland and met with members of the Scottish Parliament where he presented documents from the Stevens case showing:
- When the original supplier of Marlex material, BSC name for its polypropylene, the company turned to China five years ago.
- The raw resin comes with a warning “Do not use Phillips Sumika material in medical applications involving permanent implantation in the human body or permanent contact with internal body fluids or tissue.”
- The mesh was supplied by Chinese company, EMAI which claims it bought the resin material from Texas and imported it to China.
- Documents show that BSC senior executives warned colleagues against sourcing materials from China.
- BSC bought enough resin from EMAI to last 25 years.
- The shipping bags of Marlex had fake logos and the wrong color
Scotland has taken a lead in investigating transvaginal mesh injuries at the urging of the Scottish Mesh Survivors group as well as the front-page news reporting of Marion Scott. It is the first country to suspend pelvic mesh implants for POP (pelvic organ prolapse) and SUI (stress urinary incontinence) pending a country-wide investigation.